Are you looking for something to watch while getting your miles done on the treadmill? These films are more than just good distractions. They are inspiring stories about everyday people training for and participating in endurance sports. Run along with these amazing folks and they will motivate you to finish strong.
The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young
1 hour 29 minutes
This may be a quirky race, but it is absolutely no joke. This film tells the story of how this unusual race began and follows several participants as they attempt to complete it. I was glad to be running on my treadmill instead of experiencing what these runners were going through.
1 hour 35 minutes
This film follows several runners as they attempt to complete four dessert ultramarathons in one year. I found myself rooting for all of them. This film is not for the faint of heart as it depicts the harsh realities of these events.
Heart: Flatline to Finish Line
1 hour 38 minutes
You may need to have some tissues handy for this one. This inspirational film documents how six cardiac patients came together to work toward a seemingly impossible goal, completing a triathlon.
The Human Race
1 hour 28 minutes
As an older runner, I really appreciated this film. It follows several runners over the age of fifty as they train for a race. I was amazed and inspired by the ages and abilities of these runners and their dedication to running.
100 Miles to 40
1 hour 7 minutes
This film documents one woman’s quest to complete The Western States Endurance Run. I kept wondering if she was going to make it and that kept me running until I found out.
3100: Run and Become
1 hour 20 minutes
This film tells the story of the world’s longest certified running race, The Self-Transcendence 3100 Miler, and the stories of several runners as they try to finish it. My long run on the treadmill was nothing compared to what these runners were attempting.
(At the time of this posting, most of these titles were free to watch for Amazon Prime members. However, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)